Summer Interns & Associates
Check out the positions below and if any of them strike your fancy shoot a resume & cover letter over to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the position in the subject line.
Dare to Innovate Venture Fellows Program
Entrepreneurship is the engine of every economy. In Guinea, where youth unemployment is greater than 70%, entrepreneurship is not just a driver of growth, but a critical job creator. Unfortunately, most startups fail and in emerging markets, those that survive are unlikely to become strong enough to create jobs. A full 77% of small and medium enterprises are classified as “non-employers”, meaning they do not pay a single full time salary. Dare to Innovate is working to solve these problems and we want you to join our team.
Dare to Innovate is a youth-led movement to end unemployment in West Africa. We invest in the entrepreneurial ecosystem to ignite social change. Since 2013, we have been training and investing in entrepreneurs and have a portfolio of changemakers who are really beating the odds. They have started small businesses in agribusiness, education, public health, and more. The path forward is not easy and they all need mentorship and support to unlock the next level of growth. That is where you come in.
The Venture Fellows Program is an immersive fellowship that will expose you to the challenges of starting and growing a business in an emerging market. You will be placed with 1-2 entrepreneurs in Dare to Innovate’s portfolio for 8 weeks where you will diagnose their biggest challenges, develop tests for how to overcome them, run experiments, and provide an implementation roadmap for how they can go forward after you leave. Through this program not only will you gain critical skills to thrive as an entrepreneur or consultant and exposure to business in emerging markets, you will also make a tangible impact on a business that improves quality of life in a community, creates job, and builds local wealth.
This program is designed for pre-MBAs or MBA interns, especially with experience in Consulting, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Technology, Marketing, or Operations. That being said, if you are a rising senior or recent graduate with the requisite skillset, we are happy to talk. We are looking for individuals who passionately believe that business is a tool for social change, who demonstrate a prototyping mindset, and that have grit. Check out this blog to hear about the experiences of our last pre-MBA intern.
We will provide housing in the local community, oftentimes with the family of the entrepreneur, letters of recommendation to fellowship programs who can support your living expenses while abroad, and training to all of our fellows.
Do you dare to use your skills to make an impact?
Are you a good fit?
· Do you have 3-5 years of private sector experience?
· Do you believe that emerging markets are overflowing with opportunity?
· Are you a tireless problem solver?
· Are you a self-starter looking to gain experience in a fast-paced, startup environment?
· Are you a people person?
· Does entrepreneurship excite you?
· Do you like learning about new cultures? Are you naturally curious?
· Do you speak French? (We also have some opportunities for English speakers)
To learn more, reach out to us at email@example.com and follow us on social media @daretoinnovate.
Project Management Associate
Work with Dare to Innovate to design and execute programming in the sector of agricultural entrepreneurship (agropreneurship in Dare to Innovate parlance). The program will be selected based on considerations of timeline and the background of the candidate but will likely involve agricultural planning, agricultural product transformation and marketing, training, and portfolio management. The position will be based in Conkary, Guinea with a high likelihood for travel into the interior of the country.
- Working towards of have obtained a professional degree such as an MBA, MPP, MPA, or Masters in agricultural education, agricultural science economics, international development, or a related degree
- Working proficiency in French
- Academic or professional experience in the agricultural value chain, entrepreneurship, or start-ups
- Experience in training design and delivery
- An appetite to work at a fast-growing social enterprise in an emerging market
Preference for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and/or individuals with experience working or living in Africa, design-skills, and a background in consulting. There is potential to join Dare to Innovate full-time after the completion of the project.
Entrepreneurial Program Manager - Dare to Innovate Ghana
Dare to Innovate is seeking an Entrepreneurial Program Manager.
Dare to Innovate is a youth-led movement to end unemployment in West Africa. We invest in the entrepreneurial ecosystem to ignite social change. Our focus is on empowering youth with business and design skills and on aligning efforts of governments, nonprofits, corporations, and financial institutions to radically transform career outcomes for youth in West Africa.
Dare to Innovate was founded in Guinea in 2012 by a group of Peace Corps Volunteers and our local partners. Today, we work across West Africa providing solutions that help transform unemployed youth from job-seekers to job-creators. We have trained more than 5000 youth on entrepreneurship and helped over 60 youth-led small businesses access funding to get their companies off the ground. Our entrepreneurs work in agribusiness, health, education, manufacturing, and technology and are improving social outcomes in their communities while making a profit.
This role is a growth opportunity for a people-centric business strategist. It has two main components:
Leading a program to build institutional capacity to run business accelerators in Ghana
Build Dare to Innovate’s presence in Ghana
This is truly a position for someone who wants to be an entrepreneur within a growing social enterprise. You will work closely with the CEO to establish and implement our growth strategy in Ghana, our third country of operations. We seek aptitudes as well as experiences:
Entrepreneurial spirit (or entrepreneurship experience)
Expertise in Human-centered design / design thinking
People person— you need to be a manager and an educator. You have to want to develop people
Business consulting experience or aptitude in strategy
Networker— building opportunities not just for our organization, but also the youth the we support
Someone who meets these requirements often holds a professional degree such as an MBA, MPP, MPA, or Masters in Design, Design Research, Economics, International Development, or a related degree. They may have worked as a consultant or in strategy within a corporation or launched their own business. Or they may have a completely non-traditional background but are experts at getting things done in a way that is financially viable, grows people, takes community views seriously.
We have a preference for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and/or individuals with experience working or living in Africa or other emerging markets, applying Human Centered Design, and a background in consulting and or entrepreneurship.
This is a 1-year contract with potential to join Dare to Innovate full-time after the completion of the project.
Based on experience
Medical coverage and flights
Desired start date
How to apply
Please send a letter of motivation and your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dare to Innovate is looking for dynamic and talented individuals who share our vision. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please fill out the form below or email us at email@example.com with the subject line “VOLUNTEER”. We are especially interested in people with English-French Translation capabilities and technologists.
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